Response to Editorial: Children, poverty and health promotion in Australia

Rosalie Schultz, Karin Kochmann, Jane O’Sullivan

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    Your recent editorial ‘Children, poverty and health promotion in Australia’ highlighted opportunities for Australia to promote the health of future generations by ensuring the needs of children and families are prioritised. Missing in the case studies, even when the case was a woman with four children under six and another in utero, was mention of the key preventive intervention to improve child-wellbeing: contraception.

    Unplanned, unexpected and unwanted pregnancies comprise up to 50% of pregnancies in Australia, and while many are not taken to term, unintended births are more likely amongst disadvantaged groups. These contribute to increasing household costs, and poorer nutrition and educational outcomes for children. They also add to our burgeoning populations, fuelling the housing affordability crisis and overstretching our infrastructure and community services. Increasing urban density, which is resulting from Australia’s rapid and unplanned population growth, has been associated with increased risks of obesity, asthma, depression and schizophrenia...
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)174
    Number of pages1
    JournalHealth Promotion Journal of Australia
    Issue number2
    Early online date15 Jun 2017
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


    • Health promotion
    • Family planning
    • Poverty
    • Social inequity
    • Contraception


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